LYDIA CACHO RIBEIRO
MEXICAN AUTHOR, JOURNALIST AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST.
Lydia Cacho has been described as “an extremely gifted and inspirational speaker, with a love of the creative potential of human beings to create a culture of non-violence and restorative justice around the world”.
With over 15 years of International experience as a Trainers trainer and inspirational speaker, in Mexico and beyond, including Central and South America, The United Kingdom, The United States, Spain and Sweden all the way to South East Asia. Lydia is now much in demand for training days, conferences and seminars around the world, presenting the results of her work in an inspiring, practical and often uplifting way.
Attendants to her conferences and workshops have commented on her imaginative and encouraging style of speaking and teaching, which allows professionals and students of all ages to understand how Human Rights violations come to be. She helps them to express their creativity and make significant gains in accomplishment on issues such as injustice, gender violence and how to approach it in a comprehensive way, also Peace education and conflict negotiation within groups of professionals.
She has received notable recognition for traveling around the world investigating crimes and developing new social tools to confront complex problems and searching for real solutions, using her grassroots experience as an author, an international reporter of Human Rights, and as a well recognized founder of shelters for women and children victims of gender violence including sexual violence and Human Trafficking. Her approach to teaching new skills to confront Human Trafficking and slavery around the world has gained her several awards and international prizes.
Lydia´s knowledge of different Law systems, psychology and pedagogy has led her to develop an inspirational teaching system using all personal resources including creative writing, group speaking and listening, music, thinking skills, collaboration, new approach interaction and much more.
Lydia has received a vast amount of press coverage for his innovative perspective on how to tackle gender violence around the world, and has featured on the BBC, CNN, ABC, in The New York Times, The Washington Post The Guardian, The Independent, El Mundo, El Pais, Das Spiegel, and many others. She was recognized as one of the 150 most influential women in the world by Newsweek Magazine and recognized as an International Hero against Human Trafficking by the U.S Department of Justice and CNN international. She is the creator of the program “Yo no estoy en venta” a trainers training comprehensive program to educate children and teenagers to prevent sex trafficking in Mexico. Her program has trained more than 15,000 students in one year and will be launched in several states all over Mexico.
Cacho is quite critical of the Mexican justice system and of the flaws in the international laws against Human Trafficking; nevertheless she has demonstrated how victims can become survivors and how civil society can transform the system to promote Human Rights. She works with evidence and demonstrates pursuing the truth is needed around the world to stop gender-based violence. Thanks to her work she achieved the first life sentence (113 years) for an international child pornography producer and sex trafficker of children operating in Mexico. It was the first sentence of its kind in Latin America. She walks the talk.
Her ample knowledge has led her to write eight books, from poetry to fiction, and a Manual to prevent child abuse, essays on gender issues and love, and her international best sellers on Sex Trafficking, Human Slavery and Child Pornography. Her books have been translated into French, English, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, German, Swedish, and Turkish; and have been published from Mexico to Spain, Argentina, Colombia and Central America.
A sampling of Ms. Cacho’s awards include: Human Rights Watch, Ginetta Sagan Amnesty Award; OXFAM award; IWMF award; CNN Hero; UNESCO- Guillermo Cano freedom of expression award; The Wallemberg Medal; The Tucholsky Award; PEN Canada Award; UNANIMA, World Press International Hero 2010 (for the International Press Institute in Vienna), among others.
Some reviews on Lydia Cacho’s work:
‘Lydia Cacho inspires, encourages, protects, empowers. She has modeled what investigative journalism should be for generations to come. She has attacked and shaken a Mexican elite who thought their power allowed them to act in all impunity. And she has stood for women’s rights when many of us would have retreated. She does not. I suspect she never will. Lydia is never scared to uncover the truly ugly: that hatred which runs deep in all societies, that which rapes, abuses, maims and kills millions of girls and women. Her voice, modest for herself, is strident for others, the small, the forgotten, the victims. For that, she has faced violence, abuse, imprisonment and death. Her countless international awards for investigative journalism, human rights, anti-corruption, women’s rights, and personal courage testify to Lydia’s exceptional display of courage and determination.’ Agnes Callamard, Director, Article 19 London.
‘Independent and critical journalism has become a high risk profession, but Lydia has spent seven years living under impending threats from the people in power that she has so bravely identified in her books… The work that Lydia Cacho does is as indispensable as the air we breathe’ English PEN
‘Lydia Cacho is an extraordinarily brave writer who, despite having been subject to repeated attacks and threats, never fails to give a voice to those unable or unwilling to speak out for themselves. Whether victims of domestic violence, child prostitution, sex trafficking, organized crime, or corruption, or fellow journalists reluctant to publish their findings for fear of the possible repercussions, Cacho tells their stories with power and compassion. This willingness, or compulsion, to tackle the thorniest of issues, led to Cacho being named the winner of the PEN Pinter Prize for an International Writer of Courage in 2010. She is an inspirational journalist and campaigner who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Speech, certainly casts an “unflinching, unswerving” gaze, not only upon her native Mexico, but on the world.’
Gillian Slovo, President of English PEN
CONTACT FOR LYDIA CACHO PUBLIC APPEARANCES:
Ms. Karla Peralta